We all love a mojito, right?! It's my cocktail of choice whenever, and whenever I'm presented with a menu at a cocktail bar chockablock with all sorts of unknown drinks with weird and wonderful names, I always seem to return faithfully to my M because it's so darn delicious. This is another recipe which has been taken from Lorraine Pascale's 'Fast, Fresh and Easy Food' slightly and ever so slightly adapted. I love this book as there are so many fun, tasty and easy to do recipes such as this.
Next time you're celebrating or you are in need of an extra special treat on an evening you can knock up these in minutes at home. You need very few ingredients, most of which you'll probably have on hand anyway, and it's guaranteed to hit the spot every time! (Ps, the rum can be replaced with extra soda water or lemonade for a non-alcoholic version of you lean that way).
(Makes 4, takes 15 minutes)
8-12 tbsp demarara sugar
400g crushed ice
Generous handful of fresh mint
300ml white rum
300ml soda water or lemonade
1. Cut the lines in to quarters lengthways and out three pieces in the bottom of each medium serving glass. Ensure the glasses are wide enough to fit the end of a rolling pin in. (You'll see why).
2. Add 2-3 tablespoons sugar to each one. Then, using the end of a rolling pin, squash everything together to squeeze the lime juice out and mix with the sugar.
3. Fill the glasses almost to the top with crushed ice. Pick and reserve a few pretty mint sprigs from the bunch and then tip the remaining mint leaves on to the ice. Divide the rum evenly between the glasses and then top with the soda water or lemonade.
4. Mix everything together with a spoon, then add a sprig of mint to each glass and serve.
Et voila! Looks like a party to me! Emerge with these on a tray like the bonafide cocktail-maker you are and serve your delighted guests.
These drinks are sure to go down a treat.